Tokyo is the most visited city in Japan and is a host to a lot of very famous landmarks such as the Emperors Palace, Tokyo Tower and the new Tokyo Skytree. However sometimes it is nice to travel out of the city and experience some of Japan’s more rural areas. Even if you do not have a lot of time there are areas nearby you can visit for just a day!
Enoshima is a small island off the coast of Japan just south of Tokyo connected to the mainland by a bridge. Enoshima is famous for the subduing of a five headed dragon by the goddess Benten in a cave under the island. Enoshima houses several shrine complexes as well as two caves to explore, one only by candle light! Enoshima island is easily accessible from Shinjuku, taking just 75 minutes and on a clear day you can even view Mount Fuji.
Hakone is a National Park just 100km away from Tokyo, easily accessible by bus and train for a day trip. There are many fun and relaxing things to do in the Hakone region. Hakone houses several Museums and beautifully landscaped gardens, you can also treat yourself to a gentle cruise on Lake Ashinoko or take a dip in one of many of their onsen and hot springs. You can also purchase a Hakone free pass for reduced entry and travel in the Hakone region.
The Fuji Five Lakes region is right next to Hakone as part of the same National Park, again accessible by bus and train from Tokyo station and Shinjuku station. The five lakes of this area are Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko, each lake offer unrivalled views of Mount Fuji and the stunning scenery around the area. This region also offer a unique draw, a theme park with a mountain view; Fuji Q Highland. The area boasts not only the five lakes but several caves, onsen and surrounding mountain perfect for hiking, cruising or simply relaxing.
Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Motosuko Access
When in Japan it is easy to access snap shots of nature a short trip outside of bustling Tokyo city.